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Cabinet to consider moving to new funding formula for schools

Schools in Staffordshire could move to the Government’s new National Funding Formula, after measures are considered by the county council’s Cabinet next week. With an extra £9.5million going to Staffordshire schools, the county council will decide whether to move to the Government’s new funding formula, which will determine how the money is distributed. This follows on from a Government announcement ...

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Yoga studio wins first People’s Business Award Burton

People's Business Award

A yoga studio in Burton which operated from various community venues before setting up its permanent base in the town has won an inaugural award to champion local business. Calm Yoga was selected by judges of the People’s Business Award as overall winner after receiving public nominations and being praised by customers. The award, part of Staffordshire County Council’s Get ...

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Town centre pavement improvement works set to begin

Work to improve pavements on Newcastle’s High Street will begin next week. The ongoing scheme will see small sections improved at a time to ensure there is minimum disruption for shoppers and businesses. Improvements will take place on the stretch between Paradise Street and Guildhall. Work begins next Monday January 15. The scheme is set to be completed in mid-August. For ...

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Foster children highlighting the difference fostering can make

Being a lawyer and a business consultant are amongst the dreams being realised by two former children in care thanks to their foster families. The duo are now urging more Staffordshire families to come forward to help children in care achieve their potential. Jess Rees and Marvin Campbell have joined Staffordshire County Council’s latest campaign to highlight the positive difference ...

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Cheddleton residents to benefit from highways improvements

People in Cheddleton are to benefit from around £160,000 worth of investment to improve footpaths in the area. Staffordshire County Council’s highways crews will be carrying out resurfacing work on footpaths on Hillside Road and St Edwards Road. The work started on Tuesday 2 January and is expected to take around 13 weeks to complete. Helen Fisher, Cabinet Support Member for ...

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Libraries consultation begins

Gill Heath Stafford Library

Three months of consultation over the best way forward for Staffordshire’s libraries begins today. Discussions will include potentially using technology to maintain and extend opening hours with an automated service, increasing the number of community managed libraries and reviewing how the mobile and travelling service is used. Although Staffordshire has 43 libraries, this review only applies to the 20 which are ...

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Community Food project transforming lives in Staffordshire

A Staffordshire pig farmer and community food project have been commended for their work to get local families eating more healthily. Rob Mercer from Farm Fresh Revolution and a fourth-generation free-range pig farmer is giving fresh food including free-range sausages and chicken away to families at primary schools in Staffordshire. Every Friday afternoon during term time, a van, packed with ...

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Exhibition celebrates Tolkien’s link with Staffordshire

Tolkien mannequin in uniform

People from Cannock will get the chance to see a new exhibition celebrating the author of The Lord of the Rings’ links with Staffordshire. This fascinating insight into the early years of JRR Tolkien, one of the world’s best-loved writers, and his time spent in Staffordshire, has already been seen by over 200,000 visitors since it launched in March 2016. ...

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Drivers reminded that ’20 is Plenty’ outside schools

20 is plenty sign

With children heading back to school after the Christmas break, drivers are being reminded that ‘20 is Plenty’ as part of a road safety campaign to help keep pupils safe. The ’20 is Plenty’ scheme is run by Staffordshire County Council and encourages drivers to reduce their speed to a maximum of 20mph outside schools. Each term around 16 Staffordshire ...

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